dglobalnews.com New surveillance footage of Michael Brown sparks protests
Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

New surveillance footage of Michael Brown sparks protests

New surveillance footage of Michael Brown sparks protests

Almost three years after Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a filmmaker has released previously unseen surveillance video that not just challenges the official narrative about the African-American teen's death at the hands of a white officer, but also reaffirms what the black community had been claiming since the tragic incident.

But Ferguson Market attorney Jay Kanzler, who spoke with the group of about 100 protesters late Sunday night, said the newly-released video of Brown visiting the store had always been in the possession of both police and Brown's family.

A video purporting to show Michael Brown hours before he was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked a new wave of anger ─ but no more clarity ─ about a 2014 killing that prompted a national debate on race and policing. Video was released of Brown shoving the clerk in the market and the clerk reported a robbery to the police.

Jason Pollock, the filmmaker who found the video, says the new footage shows Brown giving a package of weed to the store clerk.

"Over the weekend, there was a pretty pathetic attempt of a video production regarding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson that was released at a fair somewhere in Texas", McCulloch said.

The video appears to show Brown hand the clerk an item that looks like a small bag, and the clerk hands brown a shopping bag filled with cigarillos. Brown returned the merchandise to the counter and took back the small package before leaving the store.

A CNN panel about new security camera footage of slain black teenager of Michael Brown went completely off the rails after documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock angrily accused a fellow panelist of endorsing white supremacy. Wilson was acquitted of all wrongdoing in Brown's case. Kanzler said marijuana was believed to be in Brown's hand.

Ferguson police had released surveillance video of Brown strong arming his way out of the same store with cigarillos. Police have declined to say if the video was authentic, but have said any additional videos not already public were irrelevant to their investigation.

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With that context alone, Mike Brown appears to be an aggressive teen who just stood up a corner store.

"There was no transaction", Kanzler told the NYT. The documentary suggests that Brown's argument the next morning was over getting his things back.

An attorney for the store tells the New York Times that its employees did not sell Brown cigarillos for pot. Stranger Fruit debuted at the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday night (March 11).

County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said at the time that Wilson's own testimony should not be given too much weight, since he was the target of the investigation.

The footage shows Brown inside Ferguson Market & Liquor in the early hours of August 9, 2014, leaving behind cigarillos he was later accused of stealing. In the video, the store clerks are seen inspecting and smelling the bag. Ferguson police only released video from right before the shooting.

Brown's parents have filed a federal lawsuit against Officer Wilson, the city of Ferguson and the former Ferguson police chief.

A civil trial for Brown's case is set to begin in 2018.

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